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    Intro
    Wedep, longtime lurker here stepping out of the shadows. I’ve been admiring all the awesome builds on here so I decided I’d share my own, though I don't have a welder or a paint booth so I hesitate to call it a "build". Partway through the project I almost scrapped this thing to buy a bimmer, but then I realized that’s what everyone does… plus, why scrap when you can scrape? Decided I'd give the car a chance and hopefully lend an unloved model some style. The goal is a twisties-hunter and track bitch, but when it’s not on active duty it’ll be slammed on some choice wheels. I have plans that might turn a few heads in the MR2 community as well as this site if the car can hold my interest for a couple of years. But for now, go easy on me, I’m a novice/poor college kid

    Background:
    A while back back I wanted to get into cars but all I had was a 40k original mile ’98 EK Civic that I had no intention of modifying. I was looking for something with an engine and driving wheels in the right places. So I snagged this tired old Japanese doorstop with 213k for <$1000, and a project began.




    PART THE FIRST: The Swap
    Original motor was tired and leaky with a host of sketchy electrical problems. 112hp out the factory doors, but it was clear that at least a handful of ponies had left the stable. This would not do.




    Also took some time to remedy 25 years of maintenance neglect. Started with a new fuel pump


    Engine in the middle + radiator in the front = lots of coolant lines. These all got replaced

    If you have air conditioning in the Pacific Northwest, you think too highly of yourself. Buhbye.

    New lump

    Everyone loves a tranny This C56 box came out of a Corolla, which meant drilling the case and flipping the selector shaft.

    The wedding

    Aaaand in.

    Currently working on getting it to idle. After that I can make the bay look a little more civilized

    Here’s how she sits now.


    But where’s the suspension, you ask?


    More coming soon!
    Last edited by badbeej; 10-01-2012 at 01:05 PM.

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    If you need help with that engine, please PM me. Too many off em have been smashed into pieces .... nice aw11 wich it wasnt RED..... keep it up !

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbeej View Post

    But where’s the suspension, you ask?
    This is always fun.

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    i'm in for this one, love aw11's

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    Yay! More Aw11!

    I was going to go GZE but I ended up going BT instead. I like it A LOT so far. We'll see how long I last before I want more.

    Are those the AMR coils?

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    Go big or go home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFTRBNG View Post
    i'm in for this one, love aw11's

    Quote Originally Posted by jacbo View Post
    Are those the AMR coils?
    Yep these are AMRs, great looking and well made. Can't wait to have them on and see if they were worth the 3 month wait
    Quote Originally Posted by L1no View Post
    Go big or go home!
    That's the plan

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    I hoped to see Deuce Ex Machina Cafe racers or something

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    Can't wait too see what comes out of this!
    Blood,Sweat,and Gears

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    Is that a lotus next to it in the garage?

    Nice to see a fellow 425 member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinsElerts View Post
    I hoped to see Deuce Ex Machina Cafe racers or something
    You're thinking of deUX ex machina champ
    Quote Originally Posted by mike-81-240d View Post
    Is that a lotus next to it in the garage?

    Nice to see a fellow 425 member.
    Yes sir it is. Hope to see you around the area
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moak View Post
    Can't wait too see what comes out of this!
    Thanks!

    Some brake complications set me back, and then the weather rolled in... itching to get out in the yard. Do a sun dance for me

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    interesting

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    Cars suck. Everything from missing ground wires to frozen brakes to bad weather has set me back. But you CAN'T STOP. Progress continues. It idles:

    I can't embed videos.


    PART THE SECOND: Suspension Rebuild
    That pile of suspension components made it under the car. Here's what we got:
    • AMR coilovers
    • TRU rear tie rods
    • All existing components sandblasted and powdercoated
    • MK1B brake upgrade (larger vented fronts)
    • Porterfield R4S pads
    • Braided brake lines
    • Polyurethane bushings
    • New ball joints
    • TTT bump steer spacers, front tie rods flipped
    • Rebuilt steering rack with Quaife 2.5 rack/pinion

    Here's what that looks like:




    Fronts are maxed. These things don't like to get low. I might need shorter springs. Also, I aligned it myself with a long piece of wood so it's not exactly in spec, but I've been able to drive it around the neighborhood a little and so far so good. Except for the time it coughed up an idler pulley and almost overheated...

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    best sig on STANCEWORKS, that is all.
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    and don't trash talk people, that's for hos at the club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinsElerts View Post
    I hoped to see Deuce Ex Machina Cafe racers or something
    this

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    I've seen old school gymkhana videos & these things are soo fast & nimble in tight turns. Definitely looking forward to this build

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